Lifted Border Control
What is going to be open soon in Austria?
- All shops and services
Taking into account the previously valid public holiday regulations, the customer area of all shops and service companies is once again permitted to be entered. This includes, for example, personal services such as hairdressers, cosmetics, chiropody or industries that provide consulting services to customers, such as management consultants, IT service providers, etc.
- Authorities are opening their doors again
Important to know:
Personally submissions are only possible for first-time applications and only with appointments. The rules for submission by e-mail and post in case of renewals have been extended to all renewals. This means, regardless of whether the renewal is urgent (because the card is due to expire) or standard extension (earliest 3 months before expire date) - without exception only possible by e-mail or post.
- Zoos (if a minimum distance of 1 m can be maintained).
- Accommodation (for private overnight stays)
- Other tourist establishments and places of interest (provided that the minimum distance of 1 m can be maintained).
- For indoor areas, there is an additional obligation to wear a mouth-and-nose protection and a limitation to at least 10 m² of visitor space per visitor.
- Swimming pools and leisure facilities - the detailed requirements for these will be worked out in due time.
Conditions for traveling
Business trips are possible at the moment: take along your contract of employment, invitation from the company and COVID-19 health certificate.
The Republic of Austria waives a 14-day quarantine if a COVID-19 health certificate, i.e. a negative molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2, which must not be older than four days, is presented when entering from the following countries:
Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Entry into Austria is only possible at certain borders.
The following exceptions apply to this rule:
- Austrian citizens or persons who have their main or secondary residence or habitual abode in Austria are allowed to commit themselves to an immediate 14-day self-monitored home quarantine (confirmation by personal signature). If a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 is carried out during this period and is negative, the 14-day self-monitored home quarantine can be terminated.
- Transit through Austria without a stopover is permitted provided that exit is guaranteed.
A template for a medical certificate to certify a SARS-CoV-2 test can be downloaded from the following link in English.
In addition Vienna Airport now offers passengers the possibility to undergo molecular-biological COVID-19 testing (PCR test) at the airport. The test findings are available within a period of about three hours.
In contrast to antibody tests, PCR tests are designed to verify the existence of a COVID-19 infection. The results are only valid for the present time. For this reason, the possibility of coming down with the virus at a later time cannot be excluded.
Important here to know:
- The tests results are available within a period of about three hours. The tested persons can either pick up their test results personally or have them sent to them.
- Confidence DNA Analysten GmbH charges customers € 190 (price incl. VAT) for providing this private service.
Opening of Austrian borders
The gradual opening of the borders between Austria, Germany and Switzerland will begin as early as today, May 15th.
From now on and onward there will only be spot checks at the borders between Austria and Germany, both countries announced. From June 15th, the borders are to be opened completely.
Negotiations about reopening with other border countries are already in progress; we will inform you as soon as any further information is available.
Conditions of entry by air into Austria
Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens, Swiss citizens as well as family members of these persons living in the same household, and foreigners, if they have a D visa issued by Austria or are entitled to stay in Austria on the basis of a residence permit or documentation of the right of residence in accordance with the Settlement and Residence Act or the Asylum Act 2005 are obliged, after entering Austria by air, to immediately commence a 14-day self-monitored home quarantine and to confirm this with a personal signature, unless immediate departure is guaranteed.
If a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out in the meantime is negative, the 14-day self-monitored home quarantine or accommodation in suitable accommodation may be terminated.
Other third-country nationals are not allowed to enter Austria by air from outside the Schengen area.
Third-country nationals entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area may only be allowed to enter Austria by air if they present a health certificate confirming that the molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 is negative and that it is not older than four days.
If the health certificate cannot be presented, these persons must be accommodated for 14 days in suitable accommodation, which they may not leave for this period unless immediate departure is ensured. If a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out during this period is negative, the 14-day accommodation in suitable accommodation may be terminated.
Templates for a medical certificate to certify a SARS-CoV-2 test can be downloaded from the following links in German, English, Italian, French, Slovenian and Hungarian.
Advisory: Travel restrictions due to covid-19
Travel restrictions due to covid-19
Due to the further rapid spreading of the covid-19, all travelers are advised to avoid non-essential travels. As more and more countries are setting travel bans or restrictions the chance is higher that on their entry to another country, travelers may be subjected to a quarantine of a minimum of 14 days, depending on the country in question. Please pay attention to international travel restrictions based on your country of interest.
Austria – Severe travel restrictions have been imposed for those travelling to and from Italy. A near closing of the land border requires those traveling to Austria to provide a medical certificate.
Europe - A strict travel ban has been introduced by the USA and applies to all countries in Europe (for the exception of Great Britain). Any European residents will be banned from travelling to the USA for 30 days starting Friday March 13th. This does not apply to US citizens travelling from Europe; however, they will be met with stricter medical checks upon arrival.
In general, we suggest limiting your travels for the time being, until further notice from the officials.
Registration offices for insured persons WITHOUT Austrian citizenship
E-cards will be issued from January 2020 with a photo only. The photos of all citizens who were registered for social security in Austria before January 2020 will be automatically taken over by the insurance company from other authorities.
All other citizens must hand in a photograph in person to an authorised authority when registering for social security first time.
There are so called „Registrierungsstellen“ in every province. Please find a list under the following link:
Children up to the age of 14 still get an e-card WITHOUT a photo
You must come to the registration office in person and bring the following documents with you:
- a recent passport photo (not older than 6 months, according to the passport photo criteria)
- Your old e-card, if you have one, otherwise your Austrian social security number
- Your valid travel document (passport ORIGINAL)
Pet registration in Austria
Since 2010 there is a pet database in which all dogs and breeding cats registered in Austria must be entered.
The registration of the animal is done at the municipal office in the provinces or in Vienna at the MA6. As a rule, the dog owner receives a dog tag from the competent authority after paying the dog fee. It is either handed over to him/her personally or sent by post. The dog tag must be attached to the dog's collar when the dog is outside the house. In Vienna, dog tags are no longer issued, but the information is stored on the electronic chip that every dog must have. With this chip number, the authority can also immediately make the entry of the chip number in the small animal database, if the chip number is available. If this is not yet available, the authority refers to a veterinarian who provides the animal with the electronic chip number and he then makes the entry in the database (free of charge). The authority may charge a small fee for the entry of the chip number into the small animal database.
So far the registration has worked automatically, but we now had a case in Lower Austria, where neither the registration worked despite the chip number being present nor the information from the authority about the obligation to register.
This can lead to an administrative penalty in case of control (from approx. € 70,--).
To avoid an unpleasant situation for our customers, we will contact the authorities in the future and in addition to our service of dog registration we will also take care of the registration in the database!
By the way, the registration can also be done by our customers themselves under the following link: https://www.animaldata.com/2017/regchip.php?Authinfo=19fd26c3afcaef02467a9a35cd8574ef.
Costs 18,-- Euro, to be paid by credit card.
ATTENTION: How do you know if the dog is registered in the pet database? This can be checked under this link: https://heimtierdatenbank.ehealth.gv.at/Suche.aspx - Enter the chip number and you will see if the animal is registered.
Road blocks due to Akademikerball
10 Things you should consider in case you are experiencing spontaneous wanderlust
Last – Minute – Holiday: 10 things you
should consider in case you are
experiencing spontaneous wanderlust
With these tricks this holiday is guaranteed to be the most beautiful time of the year.
1 compare offers
Travel prices are very different it depends on the day. Therefore, flexibility is the A and O.
2 Be flexible
Do not commit yourself to a certain arrival and departure. Flights on weekdays are often
3 Avoid School holidays!
You can save money when you look at the holiday calendar. During the summer holidays is high season.
Flight prices could be much cheaper off season. Calculate the costs for the transfer to the airport.
Sometimes train rides/transportation is not included.
4 Do not book at the airport!
Still widespread but not true: At the airport, there are the best last minute bargains.
The last minute counters at the airport are normal travel agencies, which offer the same as you can find even in the large booking portals.
Book your hoiday at home at your sofa and you have not to drive to the airport.
5 Stay awake
Stay up late, especially when traveling by plane. Whoever makes the night to day, gets the cheapest flights.
The best ticket prices are usually available at 1 o'clock in the night.
6 Read the small print
This is especially true for all - inclusive offers. Check what the offer includes.
Is it really a 24 hour drink flat rate? A closer look at the small print is definitely worth it.
Who just wants to get out, needs to be flexible regarding destination. The countries, which are currently in trend are often more expensive than other travel destinations.
Also, the cost of living on the ground plays a role. Depending on the goal you can save money.
For the weather-proof among you, it is also worth travelling to countries where now the rainy season prevails.
8 Be ready for a compromise
Anyone who wants to get the best offer on the last minute must also be willing to make a compromise.
Who books the last must takes what remains. Sometimes the hotel is a bit further away from the beach, sometimes it goes instead of Mallorca to Bulgaria.
9 Get information about your holiday destination
You should definitely inform yourself about your holiday destination before you travel.
So you avoid unpleasant surprises during your journey and on the spot. Is a passport required and which currency do I need in this country?
Private health insurance is also recommended. SOURCE: Instagram/travelawesome
10 Vaccination protection
For many exotic targets the vaccination protection is essential. Most vaccinations can be made relatively short date. For some countries, like Africa or south America, you need proof of a yellow fever vaccination.
This must be at least 10 days before arrival.
... we don't leave you out in the rain
Ticks – TBE vaccination
There is no known treatment for TBE and the only way TBE infection can be successfully prevented is through vaccination. One effective vaccination recommended for Austria is manufactured by the Canadian corporation Baxter (the vaccination is called FSME-IMMUN).
Other measures for general tick bite prevention:
- avoid tick-infested areas when possible (read the warning signs!)
- wear light-colored long-sleeved clothing, tight at wrists and ankles, and shoes that cover the entire foot
- apply DEET to skin and permethrin to clothing
- check skin and clothes regularly for ticks.
Be careful and check yourself, your family and your pets regularly!
Please find more information abou tick bite prevention in English on the following homepage:
Good to know
U4 is this weekend only operating between Hütteldorf ande Schottenring - Please use tram E4 instead
Easter Monday is a holiday in Austria - shops are closed (have a look at our news section: You need milk on Sunday or on a holiday and find out which shops are open)
Easter markets are open until the 17th of April
15.04.2017 - you may change from summer to winter tires
Vienna tops Mercer's quality of living survey on cities
The majority of cities on the top ten on the list are European, with Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel – a newcomer to the list in 10th place – all featuring.
The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5).
According to the survey, the highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79).
At 34th on the list Dublin, is the highest ranking city across the UK and Ireland.
In the UK, London (40) ranks highest ahead of Edinburgh (45), Birmingham (53), Glasgow (53), Aberdeen (58), and Belfast (66).
Commenting on Dublin’s ranking, Consultant at Mercer Ireland Noel O’Connor said: “Dublin enjoys high standards of quality of living and remains an attractive location for business.
“Some of the factors placing Dublin in the top 50 for quality of living worldwide include an excellent choice of consumer goods, lower levels of air pollution, stable political, and strong socio-cultural environment.”
Mercer’s survey is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.
SERBIAN driving licenses can now be changed without taking a practical test in AT
If you hold a non-EEA driving licence and have become a resident of Austria, you must exchange your driving licence for an Austrian driving licence within 6 months.
Since February 2017 Serbian driving licenses are considered equivalent to driving licences issued in Austria and can therefore be exchanged for an Austrian licence WITHOUT having to take a practical test.
RANDOS is happy to support you in this matter!
We at RANDOS love our job! No need to worry - be relocAIDed
Do not leave Austria without...
...visiting AUSTRIA's top ten attractions!
Photograph: Kronen Zeitung 08.02.2017
1 St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
Stephansdom, one of Vienna’s most famous sights. St. Stephen's Cathedral defines the city centre and has been the heart of Vienna for centuries. It is one of the most famous Viennese sights and was built in 1147 AD. For a long time it was uncontested as highest building in Europe measuring almost 137 m.
Various tours are offerd - also towers can be visited. In the North Tower, Austria's largest bell, known as the Boomer Bell (Pummerin), has found its home (there is an express elevator to the observation platform - skip this great view if you are afraid of heights!). Next to the North Tower elevator is the entrance to the catacombs underneath the cathedral, an underground burial place which contains the mausoleum of the bishops, the tombs of Duke Rudolph the Founder and 14 other members of the Habsburg family, and 56 urns with the intestines of the Habsburgs buried between 1650 and the 19th century in the Imperial Burial Vault.
In the South Tower, the 343 steps of a tight spiral staircase lead up to the watchman's lookout 246 feet above
2 Schoenbrunn palace in Vienna
Schonbrunn Palace, or Schloss Schonbrunn, means 'beautiful spring' and was a royal hunting park when plans were made to build a sumptuous palace to rival Versailles. Queen Maria Theresa's architect, Nicholas Pacassi, is responsible for the eventual design of a long, symmetrical palace full of gilding and crimson displays drawing on Japanese, Italian, Persian and Indian works of art. There are ceiling frescoes celebrating the Habsburgs and 18th century furnishings. It was finally finished in 1749.
The gardens are huge and beautiful. There is a spectacular iron and glass palm house, a maze and labyrinth, and a viewing terrace. The gardens have been open since 1779, making it the first public park in the world. The palace is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
Various tours are offered!
3 Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck - Tyrol - Golden Roof
Centred on one truly gorgeous Old Town of Baroque palaces and Tyrolean mansions, Innsbruck is every inch the onetime residence of revered Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Weaving between the cobbled lanes and old imperial palaces left over from Habsburg rule, visitors here can spy out sights like the Golden Roof and the grand whitewashed Hofburg.
And then there are armouries to see, and glorious Ambras Castle on the ridges above the city, not to mention the wealth of lively little Bavarian-style beer halls and energetic apres joints touting schnitzel and strudel near the base of the nearby pistes!
4 Wiener Prater in Vienna
Adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm at once - no other place radiates so much energy as the Vienna Prater.
A fascinating world awaits visitors and guarantees entertainment for both young and old. Full of turbulent roller coasters, spooky ghost trains and attractions of all sorts - there is hardly any other place in the world to challenge your senses in this intoxicating way. Time flies here while spendind a few pleasurable hours with your family, enjoying the Prater highlights or just having dinner with friends. Have fun and enjoy – this is the Prater's motto!.
5 Großglockner in Salzburg/Carinthia
Veritable roof of Austria as a whole makes its home amidst the chiselled summits and rugged peaks of the Hohe Tauern massif. Here, on the very divide between Carinthia and the Zillertal Alps of the Tyrol, the mighty Grossglockner soars to a whopping 3,798 meters above sea level.
People come to hike in the glorious Alpine landscapes all around the peak, or to traverse the iconic High Alpine Road that hairpins around the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe viewpoints and 2,500-meter-high mountain passes.
6 Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna
A journey on the giant ferris wheel in Vienna, Austria is an unforgettable experience. It was built over a hundred years ago and has been updated on several occasions. During World War Two it was almost completely destroyed. The Viennese call the wheel the 'Riesenrad' and hold it in such esteem that it was one of the first structures/buildings to be rebuilt after its destruction during the war. Currently the wheel has over 750 000 visitors a year.
7 Fortress Hohensalzburg
Building work on Hohensalzburg Fortress was initiated by Archbishop Gebhard in 1077. It is the largest completely preserved castle in central Europe.
The fortress is over 900 years old and was originally built to guarantee the safety of the archbishops; while also serving as barracks and a prison. Today’s exterior was designed by Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. Of particular interest are the fortress museum and the medieval stately chambers. The interior of the fortress was furnished to impress with magnificent gothic carvings, ornamental paintings and frescos, and decorative gold leaf – all of which attests to the wealth of the prince bishops.
8 Grazer Uhrturm - Gothic Clocktower in Styria
A glorious Old Town heart and a lively student vibe make Graz one of Austria’s best-loved and most fun-loving cities. Anchored on one seriously attractive Innere Stadt that fuses everything from Renaissance to Gothic to Slavic architectural styles between its cobbled streets and sea of red-tiled roofs, the centre here is awash with fascinating historical sites, like the Schlossberg hill, complete with one curious clock tower, and the Styrian Armoury, where a whopping 32,000 guns, swords, suits of armour and more stand testimony to the city’s onetime place on the frontier between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe.
9 Dachstein in Styria
2,995 metre high Dachstein is the highest mountain in Styria and is located amid a stunning alpine landscape. From the Dachstein you have a panoramic view over the peaks of Austria as far as the Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Attractions such as the Dachstein suspension bridge, the Sky Walk, the Ice Palace and the stairway to nothingness guarantee an unforgettable experience. Breathtaking moments are promised along with thrills with a view. In addition, the trip up the mountain on the Dachstein panorama gondola is an experience in itself.
10 The Krimml Waterfalls
Europe’s highest waterfalls at High Tauern National Park They are impressive, mystical and unique: with a total height of 380 m across three cascades, the Krimml Waterfalls in Salzburg’s Pinzgau are an overwhelming and very healthy experience.
What explains our fascination for this grand natural spectacle and what secret healing power is hidden behind the masses of water?
We shed some light on its history and tell you interesting facts about the Hohe Tauern Health initiative. A few facts and figures explain the tremendous force with which the waterfall unremittingly rumbles down into the valley. Let yourself be surprised and see the beauty and grandeur of the Krimml Waterfalls yourself during a visit!
Choose your favourite expat blog
You are relocated to Vienna and can't wait to get first-hand information about life in Vienna? Let's read how other expats spend their time in Vienna and which experiences they make......Why not starting to write your own blog by the time you get here. We at RANDOS are excited about reading your Vienna Blog.
The list is far from exhaustive – it captures different Expat experiences of life in Vienna – some blogs are older and now discontinued, but nevertheless contain a lot of information about various people’s takes on life in Vienna.
German language learning
In Austria third-country nationals need to prove for some residence titles, that they have German language skills at least at level A2. According to the European language levels the level A2 means the following:
I can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
I can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters.
I can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can't usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.
I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job.
I can write short, simple notes and messages. I can write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.
Meet locals, many people in Vienna are into foreign languages - Language Swap is a platform for people seeking learning partners for a cost-free, self-organised language swap (tandem learning).
You need milk and it is Sunday or a holiday? No problem!
Open shops on Sundays and holidays in Vienna & Graz
Shops in major railway stations and airports are allowed to open on Sundays but have to limit their supplies. The following shops are usually open on sundays and public holidays, too:
Billa Praterstern Bahnhof Wien Nord, Praterstern, 1020 Wien 6.00-22.00
Billa Franz-Josef- Bahnhof Julius Tandler Platz 3, 1090 Wien 6.00-22.00
merkur mini-markt Bahnhof City Wien Westbahnhof 1150 Wien, 9:00-21:00
SPAR Pronto Wien Mitte, Landstraßer Hauptstraße, 1030 Wien, 6:00 – 23:00
Billa Airport Wien-Schwechat, Schwechat, 6.30-22.00
A little SPAR in the General Hospital is also open daily:
SPAR im AKH, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Wien 09:00 – 19:00
Besides most Bakeries are open on Sundays and some on Holidays
Be it in the evening, on Sundays or holidays - here is where you can still shop in Graz
8.00pm and you suddenly feel like some fresh fruit or a nice snack for your relaxed evening of TV? Sunday afternoon would be the best time for you to shop? No problem. In Graz you will find a number of shops open in the evening, on Sundays or on public holidays - such as at the main railway station or the airport.
The following supermarkets are open late:
Spar at Hauptbahnhof (main railway station), Europaplatz 2, 8020 Graz, Mon - Sun: 6.00am - 10.00pm
Spar am Flughafen (airport), Flughafenstr. 51, 8073 Feldkirchen, Mon - Sun: 5.30am - 9.00pm
Spar, Hans-Sachs-Gasse 14, 8010 Graz, Mon - Sat: 6.00am - 9.00pm
From January 1, 2016 these amounts per child and month are:
from birth 111.80 Euro
3 years and over 119.60 Euro
10 years and over 138.80 Euro
19 years and over 162.00 Euro
If there are several children in a family, the total amount of family allowance rises by the following
amounts (sibling supplement scale):
a) by 13.80 Euro per month for two children,
b) by 51.00 Euro per month for three children,
c) by 104.00 Euro per month for four children,
d) by 157.00 Euro per month for five children,
e) by 210.00 Euro per month for six children,
f) by 51.00 Euro per month and child for seven children and more.
Supplement for a child with a severe disability is 152,90 Euro.
Child tax credit:
Each tax-payer who draws family allowance is entitled to child tax credit amounting to 58.40 per
child and month.
This child tax credit is paid together with the family allowance and does not require a separate
Where to apply:
At the tax office for your place of residence
Agreement on Social Security between Austria and India
An employed person who, being in service of an employer in the territory of one of the Contracting States, is posted in the territory of the other Contracting State, shall remain subject to the legislation of the former Contracting State. He shall also continue to pay contributions under that state’s legislation, as if he continued to be employed in the territory of that country on the condition that the foreseeable duration does not exceed 60 months.
Personnel of air transport organizations and persons who work on board of a ship be subject to the legislation of that Contracting State.
The periods of coverage of a person completed in a third country, with which the concerned Contracting State has a Social Security Agreement of the same kind, shall be taken into account for the purpose of acquiring entitlement to a benefit under respective legislation.
The Agreemkent provides comprehensive security in the area of pension insurance.
Therefore was the re-launch of our new homepage a great concern. Our goal was to get even closer to you than before; to be with you – as your favored relocation specialist in Austria. The new RANDOS homepage is becoming our new communication tool: We would like to provide you with valuable information, hints, and first and foremost support and help during your relocation.